Since leaving the 2018 NAEH conference, I am now more sure than ever that we can and will end youth homelessness.
MANY and the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) at Wichita State University are excited to announce the launch of a Youth Catalyst Team (YCT), a leadership development opportunity for young people with lived experience. MANY and CCHT will train, prepare, and position Youth Catalysts as subject matter experts (SME’s), to enhance program practices and further mobilize the field. Youth Catalysts will also partner with MANY and CCHT in developing tools and resources that make a positive and tangible impact for youth and families across the country. Youth Catalysts are PAID consultants doing incredibly important work to prevent and end [Read further...]
Sustainability addresses how organizations can effectively adapt to changing environments (i.e. staff turnover, funding and policy changes, new community needs, etc.) in order to maintain consistent, quality services.1 Putting time and energy into sustainability is essential if social service agencies are to create lasting benefits for the community. Neglecting to foster sustainability can result in a loss of programs and services deeply needed by the community. These losses, and the resulting staff turnover, often make it difficult to pass on knowledge and program learnings gained even if services are restored in the future. Sustainability is critical for organizations to maintain their results and impacts beyond their initial sources of funding to continue meeting the needs of the communities they serve.
Led by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Voices of Youth Count is an initiative to understand, address and prevent youth homelessness. Chapin Hall, using its substantial research and policy assets, has conducted the most comprehensive research to date on youth homelessness, incorporating youth voices to develop achievable solutions. This research creates a foundation on which we can build solutions – effective policies and practices – to end homelessness for young people. Today, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released results from an unprecedented national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in the United States. The study, Missed Opportunities: [Read further...]
It’s the dog days of summer so most of us don’t even have school on our radars. But August is the perfect time to start planning for the year ahead. Education is the key to realizing an independent and healthy adulthood. It sets up access to opportunities for employment and career pathways. If you support a young person who is homeless or unstably housed, then you know firsthand that having a positive educational experience can be elusive from some students. School absences that result in knowledge gaps, transitions due to moving locations, access to clothing, hygiene and school supplies, unmet [Read further...]
Non-Profit Funding Opportunities – June 2017 Here are some of the non-profit funding opportunities for June 2017: FYSB Invites Applications to Operate Programs Supporting Runaway, Homeless, and Street Youth The Administration for Children and Families Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) administers a series of programs that provide critical supports for youth to find safety, meet basic needs, and move forward into healthy independent adulthood. Four of these programs are currently inviting applications for funding, all with deadlines in July. Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes projects will work to implement, enhance, and/or support promising intervention strategies for the [Read further...]
2017 Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available As part of our mission to strengthen and coordinate resources for youth and families in high-risk situations, MANY keeps you informed about federal funding announcements in the youth and family services field. During the federal funding season, MANY highlights new funding streams as they are posted. Below is the most recent funding opportunity announcement: Street Outreach Program Grant-Specific Federal Funding Webinars MANY will offer webinars to walk you through the very specific request for proposals as they are released and help you prepare for writing your response(s). Below you can find our upcoming [Read further...]
April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which aims to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause. The theme of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative continues to mirror the theme of the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, “Building Community, Building Hope.” By ensuring that parents, caregivers, and other supportive adults have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful [Read further...]
Summary: HHS Final Rule Regarding Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs The addition of the new RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth) Final Rule provides clarification and outlines additional requirements for Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Programs. These changes build on existing requirements present in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and changes made via the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-378). The new rule provides opportunities to strengthen existing services for runaway and homeless youth across the United States. MANY reviewed the new rule and will provide resources and support as organizations make necessary changes to existing RHY [Read further...]
Pictured (Left to Right): Bethany Pombar (Director of VCRHYP) & Ari Kisler (Assistant Director of VCRHYP) #OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Vermont As part of our #OneOfMANY series, MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with one of our member organizations to talk more about their unique approach to their runaway homeless youth (RHY) work in Vermont. Established in 1981, the Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs (VCRHYP) is a coalition [Read further...]